Much of the detailed work of Tynwald happens in Committees.
A committee considers policy issues,
scrutinises the work and expenditure of the government, and investigates any
other matters referred to it. Matters before a committee can be explored to a level of detail
which would not be possible during the normal business of a sitting.
Committees may be appointed by Tynwald or the
Branches to consider any matter. There are two main types of Committee:
Constituted under statute, Standing Orders or
resolution, standing committees have a continuing remit. These include the
Public Accounts Committee and the Policy Review Committees. The Public Accounts
Committee focusses on financial matters relating to Government Departments
or statutory body and public expenditure. Each of the Policy Review Committees
scrutinises the Government’s work and implemented policies in its particular
area. Most Standing Committees are required
to report to the Tynwald annually at an agreed sitting and at other times if
they consider it necessary.
Select Committees are appointed by
Tynwald or the Branches to enquire into matters specially referred to them. This
includes Bill Committees, which can be appointed after the Second Reading in
either Branch to examine particular aspects of a Bill. A select committee
ceases to exist on fulfilling its remit.
Find out about the work of current Committees .
Read more about Committees.